Since I often turn to other bloggers for recommendations on where to visit, I figured it was time that I start sharing some of my favorite local spots in Seattle and the surrounding areas. I'll be adding a new tab called "Explore Seattle" that will highlight these places!
Many of my favorite places to visit in the city involve food, so I let my cravings guide me to my first spotlight: General Porpoise Doughnuts in Capitol Hill.
Tyler and I will often make our way to General Porpoise (or as we call it, Captain Dolphin) for a Sunday morning treat. The filled doughnuts are really tasty, and some of the flavors switch out seasonally. For this visit we had a bit of a late start, and arrived about an hour before closing. I recommend Getting there earlier in the day if you want a wider variety of options, but if you're open to trying anything than you don't need to worry about them running out.
If doughnuts aren't enough to draw you in, I recommend trying some espresso, or the chai made in house! Both options are yummy, and the warm drinks compliment the sweets well.
Not only is the ambiance of the shop totally perfect – I'm talking tons of natural light and the cutest decor, but everything around it is awesome as well. After we finish our "meal", we always like to explore the neighborhood. General Porpoise is located in the best (in my opinion) area of Capitol Hill, just around the corner from other great spots like Frankie & Jo's, Sweet Iron, Everyday Music, and Elliott Bay Book Company. I plan to feature each of these at some point in the future, but if you end up trying General Porpoise be sure to swing by some of the other great businesses!
Because no child should go to school afraid.
Because no teacher should be given bullets instead of books.
Because congress is bought by the NRA.
Because the lives of Black Americans matter.
Because human rights are more important than gun rights.
Because enough is enough. Today I marched.
I've been saying this a lot lately, but this is probably my favorite shoot I've done so far. To me the bright shining yellow perfectly expresses how I feel about the start of spring, and hopefully the start of my success with new goals I am setting for myself.
Opening up my followers (many of who are strangers, but some who I know and love outside of social media) can be scary, but is something that I think is really important. And honestly, I didn't even know I was going to write this post until I sat down to do it.
As much as I love showing off the happy/aesthetic/ideal moments, everyone knows there's more to life. I hope that by sharing my experiences I can help others to know they aren't alone in their struggles.
For as long as I can remember, I've been really affected by the seasons. I've always worked really hard, whether that means in school, my career, or at my hobbies, but finding the motivation to enjoy those things is really difficult for me in the winter. Having less daylight leaves me feeling overwhelmed, as if I can't get everything done in time. Even though I stick to the same schedule all year round, there is something about sunset that makes me feel like the day is over before really is.
In order to combat my lack of motivation, I overflow my schedule with tasks, and when I'm not able to get them all done I fuel my cycle of stress.
I tend to count down the days until we "spring forward" and I can cherish the few extra hours of sun. I push off things I want to accomplish until the weather gets better, even if a rainy day wouldn't have an effect on the outcome.
Luckily spring has arrived in Seattle, so I've been feeling much more inspired in recent weeks. For example, I treated myself to a haircut I absolutely love. I did a few photoshoots and collabs I'm really excited about. I've been taking my pup on longer walks. I even convinced myself to start working out again.
But at the same time, I've realized that it's not fair to myself or those around me that I've been living season-to-season. I know that sheer force of will isn't enough to fix seasonal depression (and it's naive to address mental health that way) but I'm hoping that by setting these few goals for myself over the next year that I can at least make small changes for the better.
Over the next year, I am going to -
It's really important to me that I stick with it, and hopefully to create habits that will help me address my seasonal depression rather than become victim to it. If you have any tips for how you've stayed inspired year-round, don't hesitate to reach out!
If you're looking for the perfect photo opportunities in Disneyland, you might as well head straight to Fantasyland. From Alice to Dumbo, this area of the park is a pastel dream!
The teacup ride was high on my list of musts for our visit last month, mainly because I am obsessed with all the color. I had to nail that perfect spinning picture, so I was lucky to have Taylor with me -- she always understands what it takes to get the shot. While we were both antsy to get our pics, we agreed to wait until golden hour to get the best lighting, and it was totally worth it!
The only downside to photos on the ride is that you are in a rush, so that you don't hold up the other guests. I missed out on a couple ideas that I had because I got flustered, so I recommend coming up with a plan of attack while you wait in line.
Luckily the area around the ride is gorgeous as well. I loved these giant petals modeled after the caterpillar scene from the movie, because they made a really great backdrop to show off my ears. I was also really excited because while Taylor and I were shooting in this spot, Alice walked by and I was able to stop her for a quick polaroid!
This was my first trip to Disneyland since I was in the second grade, so I wanted to go all out with my small shop merch. There are quite a few that I love, but these Ariel-inspired ears are from Pixie Supply Co, and the Mermaid Lagoon tee is from Lost Bros Trading.
Before talking about my look, I wanted to give a shoutout to my new stylist Alyssa at Flourish Beauty. It's probably no surprise that I'm incredibly picky about my hair, so I'm glad to have found someone who understands exactly what I'm looking for!
Since I'm so excited about my hair, I figured it was also the perfect time to also share one of my go-to outfits of the moment. I had been wanting some embellished denim for awhile, and these painted Topshop jeans are everything I could have hoped for — and even better that they were on clearance! Shopping for cropped pants has recently led me to discover that I actually have pretty short legs relative to my other proportions, but these ones ended up the perfect length without needing to hem or roll them.
My top is also embellished, and goes great with a more casual look, or dressed up with a skirt for a night out. The only downside is how much Noodle wants to chew on all of the pearls...
And last but not least, is my millennial pink raincoat. Tyler knows my taste so well and picked it out for my birthday gift this year! Living in Seattle I end up wearing a rain coat the majority of the time, and I love being able to brighten a grey day with color. I joke with him that I'm going to collect the whole rainbow, starting with the pink and my yellow jacket I bought last spring!
Jacket: Rains (Purchased from Prism)
Fitbit Band: Amazon
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